WWE Hell in a Cell Preview: Bryan's Predictions to Win Each Match
(Didn't we just do this two weeks ago? Oh yeah, we did.)
Hell in a Cell is coming up on Sunday and at the current moment we're just a bit shy of the normal number of matches for a pay-per-view as of late.
Regardless of the limited quantity, we are staring down the face of some potential quality matches.
There is one match on everybody's mind for each brand.
For the RAW brand it is obviously the Cena/Barrett match. Are we on the cusp of Cena revisiting his roots as a heel turning the Superman that so many love to hate into Bizarro?
For SmackDown, the rematch between Kane and The Undertaker has certainly taken on a new light given last week's reappearance of the legendary Paul Bearer.
What awaits us on Sunday? Will Orton become the new Superman of the brand? Will Daniel Bryan solidify his dominance and send The Miz and John Morrison running with their tails in between their legs?
In my first prediction article, let's take a look at who I think will likely come out on top at Hell in a Cell.
Michelle McCool vs. Natalya
So, why is Michelle getting all of the action? I'm sure Layla can't be happy about this one.
In what was a very delightful turn, one of my personal favorite divas got a push that she deserved this past Monday on RAW.
Natalya is getting a title shot and some in-ring action that she definitely deserves at this Sunday's pay-per-view. The more interesting fact is that this seems to be on the cusp of the breakdown the tag team she accompanies, The Hart Dynasty.
Is Natalya somebody creative wants to see go forward and finally put the much-needed muzzle on the snouts of LayCool? Or will she be just another jobber for the Flawless Pair?
Unfortunately for my Hart, I believe that Michelle will pull this one out with some help from Layla.
The struggles they seemed to be going through in the weeks preceding Night of Champions seem to have faded. Granted, if the rifts are still there, Natalya has a solid chance.
Danie Bryan vs. The Miz vs. John Morrison
A "United States Championship Triple Threat Falls Count Anywhere Submission Match."
In what was hailed as a first for the promotion, the American Dragon, Daniel Bryan; The Miz and his former tag-team partner, John Morrison, will be battling in a triple threat submission bout.
What struck me as odd about this was the Monday Night Delight's turn on Bryan this past Monday.
To be honest, there has been much enjoyment in seeing Bryan humiliate The Miz week after week. But in all seriousness, Miz has to start moving on.
Yes, we've all come to expect him to be United States champion this year as he's held the title for most of it.
But then there's that briefcase that he likes to shove Bryan's face into that has yet to be cashed in.
Many of the Miz's biggest fans are waiting for the upper-mid carder to move up to the big leagues and compete for some serious gold.
Maybe Miz is just jobbing for Bryan until which point that he can start pursuing that new gold.
As alluded to before, Morrison is the odd push of the bunch. Many of his fans have been clamoring to get him into the gold run, but I'm not so sure Sunday will be his night.
If anything, we might be witnessing a return to the heel ways of life—something that some of my fellow writers have agreed that he's better at.
The result? Bryan will retain. The guy is on a roll as of late and needs to start branching out beyond Miz.
While jobbing the match is definitely in the cards, I wouldn't see it as the smart decision for the "upstart."
Randy Orton vs. Sheamus
The lovely rematch clause is bringing us this one-on-one pairing within the monolithic Hell in a Cell structure.
Many people in the IWC want to see Orton bring about a nice and stable face championship reign, one where the face isn't John Cena. Is that something that's in the cards for Orton?
There's no question that the Viper has been unstoppable as of late. Would it really be smart for creative to give The Celtic Warrior a third "undeserved title reign?"
I'm not holding my breath that Sheamus has much of a chance against Orton. Barring any outside interference (which, even though it's inside the Cell is sure to happen), Orton should win this one cleanly.
The best that Sheamus can do is put up a good match, because we're tiring of the shenanigans.
The Undertaker vs. Kane
October 5, 1997 marked the night that Paul Bearer introduced Kane to the Undertaker inside the first Hell in a Cell match.
Almost 13 years to the day after that introduction, SmackDown's main event will pit two brothers in the same environment in which they first interacted.
If you asked me my thoughts on the match right after Night of Champions and then again tonight, my answers would be completely different. The reason? Paul Bearer.
The reappearance of the legendary Paul Bearer brought a whole new angle to the continuing story of Kane's rise to power.
As I've talked about in some of my past articles, creative has taken the direction of culminating 13 years of friendship and feuding into a very compelling feud between the former Brothers of Destruction.
The momentum of this match will lie in where Paul Bearer's allegiances actually lie. While it'll be a sincere pleasure to see the Father of Destruction at ringside, who will he support?
The obvious answer could be the Undertaker. However, Kane's power and rage could be fueled by the fact that his father betrayed him for his half-brother.
Either way, there will be a lot of nostalgia running wild. But for the sake of seeing this feud continue, I feel there's a more compelling argument to see Kane win rather than the Deadman.
Paul Bearer tending to a defeated Phenom just feels more interesting than him supporting a newly crowned champion after appearing just a week earlier.
John Cena vs. Wade Barrett
He's either Nexus or there will be no Nexus.
Branding the discussion of Cena's potential heel turn as a hot topic wouldn't be doing it justice.
Other than the return of Paul Bearer, the concept of Cena joining Nexus is one that'll definitely set the scope of programming for the rest of the year.
Judging by the fact that the Nexus is now prominently highlighted in both the WWE Bragging Rights official poster as well as the Survivor Series poster is a dead giveaway.
So, while Superman may very well win Sunday's match, the Nexus isn't going anywhere.
Nice job, WWE marketing, you're spoiling things.
My prediction? I find it hard to swallow that Barrett can beat Cena in a one-on-one match with the amount of singles action that he's seen lately.
So I'm thinking Cena will win this one cleanly. Either that or Barrett's Nexus will find some way around the rules that the Anonymous GM has set on the match.
While we only have 5 matches this time around, we could be witnessing some quality matches accompanying some quality story arcs.
As was alluded to, there could be some game changing events on Sunday. Hope you enjoyed the article, I'll see you on Monday night for opinions on the aftermath.